The Marine Conservation Society has been selected from more than 550 applications to benefit from Bank Machine’s new ATM giving initiative and can now receive donations via cash points in Scotland.
Commenting on the initiative, Ron Delnevo, MD of Bank Machine said: “The Bank Machine ATM Giving Charity Selection Panel were tasked with taking a thoughtful approach in selecting a range of charities for the ATM Giving initiative, both local and national, in order to offer the UK public a wide choice of good causes to support. The Marine Conservation Society is an important charity and we hope that added income generated by donations can make a difference to the charity’s work”
MCS is one of 30 charities chosen by the independent panel chaired by NCVO chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington. The panel divided the country into five regions, selecting six different charities to be listed. Bank Machine operates more than 4,000 ATMs across the UK in locations including cinemas, garage forecourts and retail outlets – ranging from Selfridges to convenience stores.
Katherine Stephenson, Corporate Fundraiser at the Marine Conservation Society said: “Giving our charity this amazing opportunity will bring marine conservation to a whole new audience. We are a small but growing charity with real drive and passion, and the funds raised will be used locally to ensure our Scottish conservation team can continue vital work to protect our seas, shores and wildlife.”
The seas around Scotland are world class, supporting a diverse range of marine species and habitats, including over 20 species of whale and dolphin, basking sharks, leatherback turtles and globally important populations of grey seals and seabirds as well as the less well known wonders such as tall sea pens, fireworks anemones and pink sea finger soft corals. Through fisheries, tourism and transport they generate a huge amount of income for the UK economy, as well as providing things you simply can’t put a price to such as the incredible wildlife, bracing sea air and unique coastal views.
We believe it’s time to put some of that back before it’s too late. Sea life is under increasing threat from human activity, with the Scottish Government’s own Marine Atlas highlighting concerns over species and habitat declines throughout Scotland’s seas. MCS has already achieved so much in Scotland in the last decade, including the successful campaign for the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010, and we are dedicating the ATM giving donations to our work in Scotland to help this success continue.
Involving everyone in our fight for ocean recovery is a critical part of the work we do. Every year thousands of people get involved with MCS and take part in activities from wildlife sighting schemes to beach litter surveys and clean ups helping us to make a real difference. Now even more people can get involved quickly and simply by making a donation at their local cash point.
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